Cronies Collaborate to Control Billions of Tax Dollars

By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The Vinik $15-18 Billion transit tax hike and the Chuck Sykes/District Rays Candidate Hagan billion dollar stadium have officially combined into one collaborative effort. The latest campaign filing found on the SOE website of Vinik’s transit tax hike All For Transportation (AFT) …

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Tampa Bay Times Recommends Predator by Proxy Kathleen Peters

By Jim Bleyer The editorial recommendation of State Rep. Kathleen Peters for the Pinellas County Commission represents another #MeToo fail for the Tampa Bay Times. Peters, gal pal of disgraced predator, former State Sen. Jack Latvala, has been insensitive to the victims of sexual harassment but more than sympathetic to …

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Fact Checking The Poynter Institute

  By Jim Bleyer The Poynter Institute, self-anointed watchdog of journalistic ethics and the public trust, has declared Apr. 2 as International Fact-Checking Day. Billed as a “global initiative,” the effort is aimed at heightening awareness about misinformation, “especially online.” But before holding itself up as the epitome of trustworthiness …

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No to Regionalism in Tampa Bay

By Sharon Calvert (Reprinted from Eye on Tampa Bay) Watch these two companion bills filed in this legislative session affecting transportation in Tampa Bay. SB1672 was filed by Senator Appropriations Chair Senator Latvala and it’s identical House companion bill HB1243 was filed by Representative Dan Raulerson who is not a …

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Oh, What a Week!

By Jim Bleyer Until recently, conventional wisdom dictated that one should never pick a fight with people that buy ink by the barrelful. That precept no longer applies, especially in Tampa Bay. Two public figures, whose incompetence and backroom wheeling and dealing have been shielded from public view under the …

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